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Uttar Pradesh Combined State/ Upper Subordinate Exam


The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission is a state-level institution that administers recruitment exams in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The UPPCS test is used to select state government employees for positions in provincial civil services and other state services. These employees are assigned to many vital departments such as land records, land revenue, general administration, and so on.


Particulars  Information 
Conducted by Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission
Level of exam State Govt Job
Frequency of exam Once a year
Mode of exam Offline
Stages of the exam Three Stages (Prelims, Mains, Interview)
Application fees INR 125 (General/OBC/EWS) / INR 65 (SC/ST), INR 25 (PwD), INR 65 (Ex-servicemen)

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Age Restriction: The age limit for UP PCS is 21 years old (minimum) and 40 years old (maximum). However, there is age relaxation of 5 years for some of the reserved categories (SC/ST/ Skilled Players/ State Govt. Employee/ Emergency commissioned officers/ Ex-Army Personnel of U.P). There is an age relaxation of 15 years for Physically Challenged Candidates.

Physical Standard: According to the official announcement, the following physical standards are required for the positions of Range Forest Officer and Assistant Conservator of Forest.

  Height Chest
Male 163 Cm 84 cm 
Female 150 Cm 79 Cm


Walking Test:

  Finish walking Hours
Male 25km 4 hours
Female 15 km 4 hours


Educational Qualification: Candidates for Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services must have a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution. A few positions, however, need educational skills in certain disciplines or some higher educational qualifications. Educational qualification for positions are listed below:

  • District Administrative Office - Post Graduation Degree is required
  • Sub Registrar, Assistant Prosecuting Officer – Bachelor’s degree in Law is required.
  • Controller Legal Measurement Assistant (Grade-I & II) – Undergraduate Degree in Science (Physics or Mechanical Engineering)
  • Assistant Conservator of Forest/ Range Forest Officer of Forest – Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry, Agriculture, Mathematics, Zoology, Physics, Geology Forestry / Statistics or Engineering from an acknowledged university or a Foreign University approved by the Central Government.
  • (Assistant) Labor Commissioner - Undergraduate Degree in Arts with Economics/ Sociology/ Law/Commerce.
  • District Program Officer - Undergraduate Degree in Social Science/ Sociology/ Social Work Home Science/.
  • Senior Lecturer (DIET) – Post Graduation with B. Ed.
  • Food Safety Officer/ Designated Officer - PG Degree in Chemistry from an acknowledged University / Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology / Food Technology/ Oil Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Veterinary Sciences/ Agricultural Science/ Microbiology / Biochemistry/ Degree in Medicine or Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry from an acknowledged University
  • District Probation Officer - Post Graduate Degree in Sociology/ Psychology/ Diploma in any branch of Social Work from any acknowledged Institute
  • Statistical Officer - Post Graduation in Agricultural Statistics/ Mathematics
  • Labor Enforcement Officer - Undergraduate Degree with Sociology/ Economics/ Commerce/ Post Graduation in Labor relation/ Law/ Social work/ Labor welfare/ Personnel Management Trade Management.
  • Child Development Project Officer – Undergraduate Degree in Social Work/ Sociology/ Home Science
  • District Adult Officer (Revenue Audit) – Undergraduate degree in Commerce 


There are two papers in the UPPSC Prelims examinations and eight papers in the UPPSC Mains exams, according to the UPPSC exam format. Each of them has its own UPPSC curriculum, which is shown below:

Prelims Syllabus for Paper 1
Indian/ World Geography Indian Governance & Polity
General Science Current events of National and International importance
Biodiversity, Environmental Ecology/ Climate Change  Social/ Economic Development
Indian History  
Prelims Syllabus for Paper 2
Comprehension Mathematics Elementary 
General Mental Ability Interpersonal skills/ communication skills
(Class X Level) General Hindi   Logical Reasoning/ Analytical Ability 
(Class X Level) General English  Decision Making & Problem Solving 


The Main Exam consists of eight papers, and the marks obtained in the UPPSC PCS Main Exam are the determining elements in the final selection/round for aspirants/ applicants. The question paper for Main Paper 2 (Essay) will have three sections. Candidates must choose 'Essay,' one topic from each area, and produce an essay of 700 words on each topic/subject. The essay will be divided into three portions, with subjects based on the following:

  • Section A: Political sphere/ Social sphere, Literature and Culture,
  • Section B: Environment and Technology, Science, Economic Sphere, Trade, Industry & Agriculture,
  • Section C: Landslide, Natural Calamities, National & International Events, Earthquake, National Development programs/projects, Drought, Deluge, etc.


Optional Subjects for the UPPSC:
The UPPSC syllabus has a list of 29 optional topics from which applicants can select one. The list also comprises four literary disciplines. The following is a list of optional subjects in the UPPSC PCS curriculum.

Agriculture Electrical Engineering Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Geography
 Physics Hindi Lit. Political Science & International Relations  Philosophy
Economics Public Administration Civil Engineering Botany
Geology Zoology English Lit. Statistics
Law Mathematics Sanskrit Lit. History
Management Sociology Medical Science Mechanical Engineering
 Anthropology Psychology Chemistry Urdu Lit.
- - - Commerce & Accountancy

Exam Pattern

UPPSC PCS is a three-stage test, consisting of a preliminary exam, the main exam, and finally an interview (Personality Test). The prelims test consists of two question papers with multiple-choice questions.

UPPCS Prelims Exam Pattern: The UPPSC PCS Prelims test is an offline examination with two exams given in distinct shifts. The total number of marks allocated to each paper is 200, and the total time allotted to complete each Paper of the Prelims test is 2 hours. Paper-1 (General Studies I) has 150 questions, while Paper-2 is worth 100 points.

Paper I (General Studies – I) 150 Questions 200 Marks  2 Hours 
Paper II (General Studies – II) 100 Questions 200 Marks  2 Hours 

Exam II of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying grade of 33%. It is obligatory for candidates to take both papers of the preliminary examination. The candidates' merit will be decided based on their performance in Paper I of the Preliminary Examination.

UPPCS Main Exam Pattern: The UPPSC PCS mains written test will include six mandatory Papers and two optional Papers. The time duration is three hours for each paper. The pattern and curriculum for the mains examination are as follows:

Paper I Hindi General  150 Marks  3 Hours 
Paper II Essay  200 Marks  3 Hours 
Paper III  General Studies – I  200 Marks  3 Hours 
Paper IV General Studies – II  200 Marks  3 Hours 
Paper V General Studies – III  200 Marks  3 Hours 
Paper VI General Studies – IV  200 Marks  3 Hours 
Optional Subject Paper I  200 Marks  3 Hours 
  Paper II  200 Marks  3 Hours 


Interview (Personality Test): The VIVA-VOCE/ Personality Test will be worth 100 points. The exam will include general topics while keeping academic interests in mind, as well as general awareness, intellect, character, expressive power/personality, general appropriateness for the service, some general knowledge questions, and current issues.

Exam Paper

UPPSC Question Papers give useful information regarding the next UPPSC PCS Prelims Exam, such as the kind of questions asked, the exam's difficulty level, weightage distribution, and more. Candidates studying for the UPPSC Exam must download and solve the UPPSC Previous Year Question Papers in order to assess their level of preparation and be prepared for the exam. The UPPCS Prelims question paper assists students in preparing for the next PCS exam in a more effective manner by serving as a mock test. Candidates can use the UPPCS Prelims question papers as practice papers and practice with them in a timed way. This will simulate the UPPCS test for them.

Exam Important Date

Notification for UPPSC PCS  February, 2022
Apply Online for registration February, 2022
Deadline for UPPSC PCS Application March, 2022 
Deadline for fee payment March, 2022 
 Prelims exams for UPPSC PCS 2022 June, 2022 
Mains exam October, 2022 

Exam Application Process

The UPPSC administers the test in the same manner as the UPSC IAS Exam. The UPPCS test comprises three rounds of selection, and candidates must pass all three stages to qualify for the exam. The steps for the selection process includes:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. The Main Exam (written)
  3. interview

The commission publishes the UPPSC PCS prelims answer key. Candidates can review their answers and complain to incorrect answers in the provisional answer key.

Cut Off:

The UPPSC Prelims cut-off will be announced following the end of the test procedure. Candidates can look at past years' UPPSC Cut-offs to get an idea of the passing scores for the prelims test. The primary exam cut-off allows students to gain a true sense of the exam's difficulty level.

  Expected Cut Off Marks (2021)
General 115-120
OBC 113-118
SC 96-100
ST 85-90
PwD 92-107
Female Candidates 112-117

Exam Center

Preliminary and main exam centers are distinct. The list for prelim is as mentioned below:

Agra Aligarh
Azamgarh Ayodhya
Bareilly Barabanki
Ghaziabad Gautam Buddha Nagar
Jaunpur Gorakhpur
Kanpur Nagar Jhansi
Mathura Lucknow
Mirzapur Meerut
Prayagraj Moradabad
Sitapur Rae Bareli


  • It should be noted that there are only two exam centers for the Mains exam.  Candidates have no other choice than to pick between the two centers. The centers' names are listed below.
    • Prayagraj
    • Lucknow 
  • If an applicant is chosen for the interview process, it will take place at the Commission's office in Prayagraj. Once the personality test is completed, the final result for the UPPSC PCS exam selection will be available.


Q1. Is it possible for State PCS officers to be promoted to IAS?
Yes, State PCS Officers can be promoted to IAS under specific restrictions imposed by UPSC. Every year, 33 percent of all IAS vacancies are filled by promotion.

Q2. Who is the PCS Cadre Controlling Authority?
Each state has a Personnel department that oversees the transfer and posting of state PCS officers. The Chief Minister of the state is in charge of the state personnel department.

Q3. What is the number of papers in the UPPSC PCS Main Exam?
The UPPSC PCS main exam consists of eight question papers. All papers are required, and the marks obtained in all papers are added together to determine the final merit.

Q4. How should I prepare for the UPPCS?
The UPPSC PCS test is extremely conventional in character, although the structure of questions has changed in recent years. Candidates should now concentrate on current events and accurate information. Candidates should begin their preparation with NCERT books and daily newspapers. Complete the NCERTs for History, Geography, Economics, and Sociology first, and then begin reading the special books for each topic, supplemented with newspaper articles.

Q5. What posts are covered by the UPPCS exam?
The UPPSC PCS exam will include many positions. The most crucial are for positions such as SDM, SP, Registrar, BDO, BSA Assistant Labour Commissioner, and others.

Q6. What educational requirements are there to become a UPPSC PCS?
To apply for the UPPSC test, the candidate must have a Bachelor's degree. Some exceptional roles need special educational credentials; for further information, see the UPPSC announcement.

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